The Martha’s Vineyard Museum wants to hear from you. Evening forums to discuss plans for the former Marine Hospital/St. Pierre property will be Thursday, from 5 to 7, at the Vineyard Haven Library. Next week on Monday at the West Tisbury Congregational Church, Tuesday at the Federated Church in Edgartown, and Wednesday at the Oak Bluffs Library. Preliminary plans will be presented at 5 pm, followed by a discussion moderated by Chris Murphy.
This Saturday is the monthly Mini Book Sale at the Vineyard Haven Library from 1 to 3 pm. Proceeds benefit the children’s programs. Every Saturday from 10 to noon you can get help with eBooks and downloadable audiobooks, including Nook, Sony Reader, and Kindle. Call for an appointment, 508-696-4210.
Next Thursday at 10:30 pm the West Tisbury Library offers story time for little ones at our library.
The next two Saturdays you can visit the Winter Farmer’s Market from 10 to 1 inside at the Ag Hall. Linda Alley suggests you place your orders for Thanksgiving — turkeys, pies, soups, cranberries, chocolates, and a large variety of winter veggies. You can enjoy a hot lunch and relax while pondering your menu.
Don’t forget the semi-annual Community Poetry Reading at the Bunch of Grapes on Sunday at 4 pm. Names are drawn to determine who reads when. This is free and open to the public.
The Unity Club of the Federated Church announces the annual book talk a week from Monday, on November 25. Tea and refreshments will be served at 4 pm, followed by Susan Mercier of Edgartown Books. She will talk about the latest books: Christmas gift books, children’s books, coffee table books, and just plain good reading books. Some will be available for purchase. This event is open to all.
Thanksgiving week offers a number of changes at the Vineyard Haven Library. On Monday, November 25, anyone interested in volunteering or knowing more about the Friends of the Library is invited to their meeting at 1 pm. On Wednesday the library will close at 1 pm and not reopen until Saturday. The library will be open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday.
For nearly 15 years, the Peter H. Luce Play Readers have met every Wednesday at the Tisbury Senior Center from 9 am to 12 noon. They read plays of every era and of every genre, from the Greek and Roman classics to contemporary playwrights. The group is named for its founder, Peter Luce, who died in 2007.
At 2 pm on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend the comic one-act play “The Whole Shebang” will be read by the Luce Play Readers at the Vineyard Haven Library. The play features Sofia Anthony, Elaine Bart, Ellie Beth, Jay Sigler, Leslie J. Stark, and Eric Turner. The reading is free and refreshments will be served.
Artisans are invited to make handmade items to contribute to Handmade from the Heart, a fundraiser for Hospice on December 13 and 14. They want handmade items — jewelry, knitted items, paintings, photographs, and Christmas ornaments. These will be sold at the Daniel Fisher House. First is an open house Friday evening from 4:30 to 7:30 pm with champagne and treats for $20 admission and then free admission on Saturday from 10 to 3. All proceeds go to patient care which they provide for free. Call Hospice at 508-693-0189.
The loud roar of motorcycles drew attention to Main Street last Sunday afternoon. Suddenly there was Santa Claus, seated on the lead motorcycle and waving to all the onlookers. He was trailed by a huge number of cycles, roaring to draw attention to the upcoming collection of toys for underprivileged children.
There will be a special appraisal evening at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum on Friday, December 6. Champagne and nibbles and one appraisal for $50. Call Jessica at 508-627-4441, ext. 117.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Hector Asselin and Rebecca Gonsalves. Artist Nancy Furino parties on Tuesday. Wish a happy birthday to Craig Dripps and Dukes County treasurer Noreen Flanders on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: Don’t believe all that you think.